Going into the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers and their talented bench full "Killer B's," as they peg themselves, have major issues going into the first round of the playoffs which will start this Sunday.
As of the next to last game of the season, Lakers guard Steve Blake was out with the chicken pox. Yuck. I didn't know grown men could even get that stuff. He'll probably miss the season finale against the Sacramento Queens-I mean, Kings tomorrow night and be too weak to be effective for the first game of the first round this weekend.
Forward and swingman Matt Barnes missed Tuesday night's game with soreness in the knee that forced him to miss 28 games earlier this season. He hasn't played a whole lot of minutes off the bench lately, so this soreness could be a sore mess, more serious than meets the eye.
As if the aforementioned issues weren't enough, another Lakers' "B," starting center Andrew Bynum, hyperextended his scoped and surgically repaired right knee after stepping on the foot of DeJuan Blair in Tuesday night's narrow win against the San Antonio Spurs. Bynum will not accompany the team to their final game and will undergo an MRI tomorrow on Wednesday. Even though the Lakers don't need Bynum to win the Finals this year, (I'll comment more about why in a future blog), their so-far-fragile team psyche doesn't benefit from his potentially drown-out absence, seeing as how he's never bounced back quickly at anytime during his short, injury-plagued career.
The Lakers will be fine come the start of the second round. If they can make it out of the first . . . Joshua Lane